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    November 15, 2009
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>> reporter: china is carefully watching how the obamz bailouts, expanding health care and combating climate change, as any big in-vestor would. >> today beijing is asking the americans very detailed questions about the health care reform proposals, wanting to know how we spend every nickel they lend us. >> while president balm campaigned on the idea that china artificially keeps the value of its currency low, making chinese goods cheaper and u.s. goods more expensive, this spring the treasury department backed off, issuing a report to say china has taken steps to enhance exchange rate flexibility. >> what's changed is china's weight in the world and the casty that china can bring to bear for good or ill around the world is much greater, so the challenge of working with china in a whole variety of areas is much greater. >> reporter: china's economy also suffered from the global
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recession and implemented its own stimulus program, which in turn could stimulate america's economy. >> it would offer new opportunities for american exporters because chinese consumers with money in their pocket would be able to buy competitive american products. >> reporter: the fact is the u.s. and china are very closely linked. the challenge is turning common interest into complementary policies. russ? >> mitchell: thanks so much. here's what else is happening. this will be a big week for former vice presidential candidate sarah palin. she has a new book, bringing new allegation, which have already sparked new controversies and some new opponents are now firing back. randall pinkston explains. >> reporter: former alaska governor sarah palin's new book will not be released until tuesday, but it is already generating the kind of controversy that palin brought to last year's presidential campaign as john mccain's running mate. in going rogue, palin reportedly criticized mccain's senior staff for allegedly pushing her to be interviewed by "cbs evening news" anchor katie
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couric which included exchanges that dogged palin throughout the campaign. >> what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read specifically? i'm curious. >> all of them, any of them. >> in an interview for the oprah winfrey show, palin accused mccain's campaign staff of misleading her about her performance with couric. >> the campaign said, right on, good, you're showing your independence, this is what america needs to see and it was a good interview, and i'm thinking, if you thought that was a good interview, i don't know what bad interview was. >> steven schmidt, mccain's chief analyst, calls palin's account fiction, it's not true. other former mccain aides are refusing to speak publicly. political strategy journalists say they're not so concerned about what happened in the last election. they're looking at 2012. >> they need to hit back. this is about getting contracts for the next election cycle. this is about lining up candidates in the future. >> palin, who resigned her post as governor of alaska, refuses to say if she will run for the
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white house in 2012. one former senior mccain adviser says this is not the book you write if you want to be president of the united states. still, palin may have reason for now to ignore her critics. she reportedly received more than $1.25 million for her 400-page book, and she's polling well among likely republican presidential candidates. randall pinkston, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: the centers for disease control this past week quadrupled their estimated h.g.h. flu virus death toll to roughly 3,900 between april and mid-october. for more we're joined by the director of the national institute of allergy and infectious diseases. >> good evening. >> mitchell: despite the numbers we just gave, this past week, the reported number of cases of h1n1 were down. should we be encouraged by that? >> i think it's premature to get any encouragement for that. there was a little blip down in
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the pattern of the number of cases, but since flu is imminently unpredictable, i think it's really dangerous to make any assumptions as to what's going to happen over the next few weeks or months. it could have peaked and then might come down. that would be wonderful if that happens, or it could peak and then taper off like this, which means there would be many more cases of influenza, or it could peak, come down, and in the middle of the winter we could have a second wave. so i think we ought to refrain from making any kind of conclusions about patterns based on a single week's tally. >> mitchell: doctor, when it comes to being vaccinated, who should be first in line to get vaccinated? >> the people who are most high risk for complication, and those are young children, pregnant women and those who have underlying conditions. we also want to vaccinate caretakers of individuals who are less than six months old as well as health care workers. but the people who are vulnerable are those major three groups, pregnant women, young children and those with underlying conditions. >> is there faster way to
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manufacture the vaccine? there's still a shortage out there. >> unfortunately not. the only technology that's available for a widespread development and production of vaccine is by growing it in egg, which is a time-honored for decades technology but rather fragile. and in this case unfortunately for all of us throughout the world, the virus doesn't grow very well in eggs and doesn't grow very quickly in eggs, so we're behind on the projected number of doses that we would like to have had now, so there's still a gap between supply and demand, which is thankfully closing as the weeks go by. but there's still a gap there. that's an unfortunate, frustrating aspect of what's going on right now. >> dr. anthony fauchi, as always, thank you very much. >> good to be here. much mitch still ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," where to relocate the guantanamo detainees. this montana town says, right here. we've come to a conclusion.
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promised to close the prison at guantanamo cuba. today the governor of illinois made a pitch to bring some of the detainees held there to his state, which would create thousands of jobs. prisons in other states are also in the run, and ben tracy takes a look at one in southern montana. >> it sits on 40 acres of land on the eastern edge of hardin, montana, guarded by thousands of feet of razor wire. yet all it's holding in are 464 empty beds. >> it was a win-win situation as far as we were concerned. >> reporter: how has it turned out? >> it's lose-lose. >> reporter: this detention facility was built to handle montana's growing prison population. it also promised to bring more than 200 jobs to hard-hit hardin, one of the poorest places in montana. >> it would have been unreal. that's probably more than are working right now. >> reporter: by the time the prison was ready to open, the state no long wanted it. for two years hardin has been
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stuck with a white elephant. the kitchen has never made a meal. the entire place is filled with an eerie silence. >> we've been sitting empty so long, we got to take a shot at everything. we got to look at everything to get that facility filled. >> reporter: so they look south towards cuba. >> the second decision i made was to order the closing of the prison camp at guantanamo bay. >> reporter: but the president has yet to decide where the guantanamo detainees will go. the folks in hardin say bring 'em on. >> if the president says we're going to bring them on american soil, why not hardin, montana. >> reporter: the city council unanimously backed the idea, and some in town figured big sky country is just where these inmates belong. >> one winter in montana, forget the waterboarding. these guys will probably be tossing up all the information you want. >> yet montana's congressional delegation is opposed and the prison remains empty.
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hardin desperately needs the job the prison would have created. now hopes for revitalizing this town are fading as the prison remains empty. bills are stacking up and money is running out. the prison will now be mothballed this winter. when you walk around here now and look at all these empty cells, what do you think? >> i see a whole lot of money just sitting here going to waste. >> reporter: because filling the smallest of spaces is not easy in a place with so much room to spare. ben tracy, cbs news, hardin, montana. >> mitchell: just ahead on tonight's "cbs evening news," solemn home comings at dover air force base. >> mitchell: when president
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obama traveled to dover, delaware last month to view the war dead, media cameras were out in force. so what happens all those other nights when the president is not there? that's tonight's sunday cover, a rare look at the reality of war that the government, until recently, did not want us to see. >> present. >> mitchell: the military does
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not call it a ceremony but a solemn event, the dignified transfer at dover air force base when the nation's war dead are returned to u.s. soil. until eight months ago, images like these were officially off limits to the public. defense secretary robert gates allowed media access last april but left it up to the families of the dead to choose whether to permit press coverage. >> dover is an experience all its own. even though it's not a service, it's just like this silent... it's like a peace. >> mitchell: sergeant john david blair from lawrenceville, georgia, was killed in afghanistan last june. his wife donna allowed media coverage of his dignified transfer. >> the media is not coming up here to bother me. they're wanting to see and they deserve the right to see these american heroes come home. >> mitchell: the families have
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to decide about media coverage right after they have received the most devastating news. >> the doorbell rang, an my son come and got me, and they said, there's two men at the door wanting to talk to you. of course, when i seen 'em, i knew. you just don't want to know, but you know. >> mitchell: since the ban was lifted, some 80% of families have permitted some sorted of coverage. >> they appreciate we have the ability for us to honor their loved ones, but for the public media to put face with the name. >> mitchell: after extensive coverage when the ban was lifted, media attention has waned. for more than one-third of the transfers, the associated press has been the only agency to send photographers to dover. when president obama attempted a dignified transfer last month, 24 members of the media recorded the images which were seen around the world. but the next night, at the dignified transfer of lance corporal cody stanley, there were only four people there to film it besides cbs news, two
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from the military and two photo agencies. donna blair believes the press should be there to record the transfers each and every time. >> i feel like they should cover all these guys. this nation needs to know what these guys put an effort to do and the sacrifices they paid for your rights, you know. >> mitchell: as of today, the wars in afghanistan and iraq have claimed the lives of 5,282 american servicemen and women. we'll be back. >> mitchell: last week marked
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the 20th anniversary of the fall of the berlin wall, but months before that historic day, a trickle of east germans escaping to the west became a flood. anthony mason was there and remembers one daring woman's escape and what it foretold in this reporter's notebook. >> reporter: on a hot august day 20 years ago, ines hartman crouched in a field of sun flowers, trying find the courage to make a break for freedom past
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armed hungarian border guards. the 23-year-old east german who grew up in the communist east was only hundreds of yards from the forbidden west, and when she ran that day with three friends, ines hartman helped set off chain of events that broke open the iron curtain. that spring, the hungarian government had started taking down the electrified fence across its border with austria, but guards were still hunting down and turning back east germans who tried the cross. >> they caught seven today? >> yes. >> and they're looking for two more? >> yes. >> we don't return to east germany, never. >> reporter: east germans could visit communist hungary on vacation, and they began pouring into the capital, budapest, hoping for an escape route. this is the austrian border. from here it's less than 50 miles to vienna. the east germans lucky enough to make it across know they won't be prosecuted, and more
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importantly, they won't be sent back. it's rare when you cover a story that you realize you're witnessing history. but as the crowd of nervous east german, many of them kids with little to lose, began building in budapest that summer, i remember feeling something was about to burst. >> this is the "cbs evening news." >> reporter: on august 14, 1989, ines hartman's escape led the "cbs evening news." >> an exclusive report that dramatically illustrates the changing face of eastern europe. >> reporter: and the dominoes soon began to fall. within weeks hungary opened the floodgates. >> and tonight hungarian officials decided they couldn't wait any longer. >> reporter: allowing thousands of east germans to cross legally into the west. >> i am free. yes. >> wonderful, wonderful. >> reporter: communism was cracking under pressure. two months later, the berlin wall would fall. today ines hartman, now ines
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fowler, lives quietly with her two children in the small village of kaelberau. she recalls that august day of 1989 vividly. "i was terribly scared that somebody would come out of the sunflower field and put a gun to my head," she says, but freedom, it turns out, was not all she hoped for. "i came over with the expectation that everything was going to be better and easier," she says. "actually, the opposite happened." jobs were hard to find for a while. she was married, then divorced. but she has a small apartment, a job in a clothing store and no regrets. >> none. "no, she says, not at all. it was worth the risk and i have a story to tell, a story to tell her children. >> i am very proud of her. i think she was a very brave young woman, and i admire her
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for that. >> reporter: when ines hartman made her break for freedom 20 years ago, she just wanted to see the world. it turns out she helped change it. anthony mason, cbs news. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news." i'm russ mitchell. katie's here tomorrow. i'll see you first thing in the morning on "the early show." good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org a well respected high school coach, killed in afghanistan and we have the reaction from those who knew him and president obama is shifting the focus with asia. and the cathedral celebratings th

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